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Poster: thomask1970 Date: Oct 17, 2010 5:18pm
Forum: 78rpm Subject: Converting... and saving

Approximately 2 weeks ago, while combing through various websites and news papers.... I discovered a virtual treasure trove of old 78's and 45's offered for as little as $0.50 a album... I would have swooped in on the deal except for 2 things.

1) I no longer have a turntable or record player
2) I was moving, explain to the wife how to store 100's of records that you cant play cause you dont have a turn table... for a future project...
3) I have no idea what devices are 'suggested' for converting these items into mp3's or wav's ...

Next time around I want to be able to jump on the offers, and attempt to get some of this old stuff archived before its lost forever, however, can someone suggest at minimal a decent, or a suggested setup for doing this conversion?

I did see a turntable at thesource.ca but some of the reviews where just pitiful and scared me away from the product.

HELP???!!!

Thomas
ps. also, best guidelines for public domain albums?? (I am in Canada, but want to be able to provide to a wide as possible audience)

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Poster: whatdoesittaketogetinhere Date: Dec 13, 2010 3:36pm
Forum: 78rpm Subject: Re: Converting... and saving

Sorry it took me so long to reply to your problem. I joined just two minutes ago, so here is my solution.
1. buy an economical priced record player like I did. I bought a Crosley portable type player that closes up and looks like a small suitcase. It has 3 speeds that you need, 33, 45, and most importantly 78 rpm. Price at Amazon...92 dollars with shipping. You might even find this locally at your local Target or other department store and save on shipping costs.
2. Go to DAK.com and buy and instant download their "DePopper" or "anti hiss assassin" program for 18 dollars...their website. You can also find this at Amazon. Thats where I found it, and I went to their website to get more info about it and I was sold on it. It will do everything you require without a degree in engineering and sound processing. (you use their brains) You should record your music in WAV format, as they suggest. THEN...
3. Go online and see about any free downloads of any file converter programs. (to convert WAV files to MP3 files so you can burn a CD. I have found that while you can listen to what you recorded or imputed into your computer in WAV format, you cannot burn a CD in WAV, (or at least I couldn't) but you can burn it if it is in an MP3 format.
If you cant find a free converter program, then by all means buy one. Just tell sales clerk what you need. Mine would cost around 18 dollars for the license, once trial period ends. (theres always a catch)
I know a lot of purists would probably disagree with me in my choice of a record player, but when costs matter in this economy, you try and get what works at the lowest cost.

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Poster: t120 Date: Mar 13, 2011 9:19am
Forum: 78rpm Subject: Re: Converting... and saving

Do NOT convert to MP3. ALWAYS leave it in WAV or some other lossless format. It /is/ possible to burn a disc in WAV. All converting to MP3 does is reduces the quality. When I am transferring something from an analog to a digital format, I always store it in WAV or FLAC format for the highest quality.

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Poster: whatdoesittaketogetinhere Date: Mar 16, 2011 4:26am
Forum: 78rpm Subject: Re: Converting... and saving

I did burn a disk in WAV. I did not work in my CD player. (Sony MX1)This player will only read MP3 files. I believe my old Sony CMT-ED1 wouldn't read it either. But since that player model has a history of poor luck with CD's...who knows. My compromise with your premise is burn one in Wav, and one in MP3, if the Wav won't work.